Category Archives: School and Education

“Wash your hands, you filthy animals!”

I’ve recently discovered This Podcast Will Kill You by hosts Erin Welsh and Erin Allmann Updike, who are both disease ecologists and epidemiologists, so they know what they’re talking about. I’ve found the episodes I’ve listened to so far not only very informative, but entertaining as well!

Two of my favorite episodes so far (published in May 2019):

Episode 26 Vaccines Part 1: Let’s hear it for Maurice

Episode 27 Vaccines part 2: Have you thanked your immune system lately?

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I have just one piece of advice: Don’t!

NASA Goddard: NASA’s Guide To Black Hole Safety. (YouTube, 2:39min) “Have you ever thought about visiting a black hole? We sure hope not. However, if you’re absolutely convinced that a black hole is your ideal vacation spot, watch this video before you blast off to learn more about them and (more importantly) how to stay safe.”

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Every damn myth debunked in one.

Vice: The Most Overhyped Wellness Promises, Debunked. “Here’s some healthy skepticism about Keto, colonics, charcoal, and more.”

“Behold our ever-growing list of today’s most pervasive wellness lies (or are they misunderstandings? Misguided hopes and dreams?). Click through on each one for a clear, deeply researched, as-definitive-as-possible explanation, gathered from experts and years of scientific research. You won’t find any thin claims based on small studies or experiments on cells or mice, unless we’re using them to point out how insufficient the research is on a given subject.”

The list includes 44 myths and links to extensive articles about each one.

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